e“For your sake I send to Babylon
and fbring them all down as fugitives,
geven the Chaldeans, in the ships in which they rejoice.
hwho makes a way in the sea,
17 who ibrings forth chariot and horse,
18 l“Remember not the former things,
19 mBehold, I am doing a new thing;
nI will make a way in the wilderness
oand rivers in the desert.
pthe jackals and the ostriches,
qfor I give water in the wilderness,
rthat they might declare my praise.
but syou have been weary of me, O Israel!
23 tYou have not brought me your sheep for burnt offerings,
sor wearied you with frankincense.
26 Put me in remembrance; wlet us argue together;
27 xYour first father sinned,
and yyour mediators transgressed against me.
28 Therefore zI will profane the princes of the sanctuary,
and adeliver Jacob to utter destruction
44 “But now hear, bO Jacob my servant,
cwho formed you from the womb and will help you:
dFear not, O Jacob my servant,
eJeshurun whom I have chosen.
3 fFor I will pour water on the thirsty land,
glike willows by flowing streams.
5 hThis one will say, ‘I am the Lord's,’
and ihis Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:
j“I am the first and I am the last;
lAnd you are my witnesses!
mIs there a God besides me?
There is no nRock; I know not any.”
9 oAll who fashion idols are nothing, and the things they delight in do not profit. Their witnesses neither see nor know, that they may be put to shame. 10 pWho fashions a god or casts an idol that is profitable for nothing? 11 qBehold, all his companions shall be put to shame, and the craftsmen are only human. Let them all assemble, let them stand forth. They shall be terrified; they shall be put to shame together.
12 pThe ironsmith takes a cutting tool and works it over the coals. He fashions it with hammers and works it with his strong arm. He becomes hungry, and his strength fails; he drinks no water and is faint. 13 The carpenter stretches a line; he marks it out with a pencil. He shapes it with planes and marks it with a compass. rHe shapes it into the figure of a man, with the beauty of a man, to dwell in a house. 14 sHe cuts down cedars, or he chooses a cypress tree or an oak and lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a cedar and the rain nourishes it. 15 Then it becomes fuel for a man. He takes a part of it and warms himself; he kindles a fire and bakes bread. Also he makes a god and worships it; he makes it an idol and falls down before it. 16 Half of it he burns in the fire. Over the half he eats meat; he roasts it and is satisfied. Also he warms himself and says, “Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire!” 17 And the rest of it he makes into a god, his idol, and falls down to it and worships it. tHe prays to it and says, “Deliver me, for you are my god!”
18 They know not, nor do they discern, for he has shut their eyes, so that they cannot see, and their hearts, so that they cannot understand. 19 No one considers, nor is there knowledge or discernment to say, “Half of it I burned in the fire; I also baked bread on its coals; I roasted meat and have eaten. And shall I make the rest of it an uabomination? Shall I fall down before a block of wood?” 20 vHe feeds on washes; a deluded heart has led him astray, and he cannot deliver himself or say, “Is there not xa lie in my right hand?”
and Israel, for you are ymy servant;
zO Israel, you will not be forgotten by me.
22 aI have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud
23 bSing, O heavens, for the Lord has done it;
shout, O cdepths of the earth;
24 Thus says the Lord, eyour Redeemer,
fwho formed you from the womb:
g“I am the Lord, who made all things,
hwho alone stretched out the heavens,
iwho turns wise men back
26 jwho confirms the word of his servant
kand of the cities of Judah, ‘They shall be built,
27 lwho says to the deep, ‘Be dry;
oand of the temple, ‘Your foundation shall be laid.’”
45 Thus says the Lord to phis anointed, to Cyrus,
qwhose right hand I have grasped,
and rto loose the belts of kings,
tI will break in pieces the doors of bronze
3 uI will give you the treasures of darkness
the God of Israel, vwho call you by your name.
vI call you by your name,
wI name you, though you do not know me.
5 xI am the Lord, and there is no other,
yI equip you, though you do not know me,
6 zthat people may know, from the rising of the sun
I make well-being and acreate calamity,
8 b“Shower, O heavens, from above,
and clet the clouds rain down righteousness;
9 d“Woe to him who strives with him who formed him,
eDoes the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’
3 For this reason I, Paul, oa prisoner for Christ Jesus pon behalf of you Gentiles—2 assuming that you have heard of qthe stewardship of rGod's grace that was given to me for you, 3 show the mystery was made known to me tby revelation, uas I have written briefly. 4 vWhen you read this, you can perceive my insight into wthe mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. 6 This mystery is1 that the Gentiles are xfellow heirs, ymembers of the same body, and zpartakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
7 aOf this gospel I was made ba minister according to the gift of cGod's grace, which was given me dby the working of his power. 8 To me, ethough I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, fto preach to the Gentiles the gunsearchable hriches of Christ, 9 and ito bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery jhidden for ages in2 God kwho created all things, 10 so that through the church the manifold lwisdom of God mmight now be made known to nthe rulers and authorities oin the heavenly places. 11 This was paccording to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have qboldness and raccess with sconfidence through our tfaith in him. 13 So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering ufor you, vwhich is your glory.
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom wevery family3 in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to xthe riches of his glory yhe may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit zin your inner being, 17 aso that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being brooted and cgrounded in love, 18 may have strength to dcomprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and eheight and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ fthat surpasses knowledge, that gyou may be filled with all hthe fullness of God.
20 iNow to jhim who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, kaccording to the power at work within us, 21 lto him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
2 As gsmoke is driven away, so you shall drive them away;
has wax melts before fire,
3 But ithe righteous shall be glad;
4 Sing to God, jsing praises to his name;
his name is nthe Lord;
6 God qsettles the solitary in a home;
he rleads out the prisoners to prosperity,
7 O God, when you uwent out before your people,
8 xthe earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain,
9 yRain in abundance, O God, you shed abroad;
10 your flock1 found a dwelling in it;
in your goodness, O God, you zprovided for the needy.
11 The Lord gives athe word;
bthe women who announce the news are a great host:
12 c“The kings of the armies—they flee, they flee!”
The women at home ddivide the spoil—
13 though you men lie among ethe sheepfolds—
let snow fall on fZalmon.
O many-peaked2 mountain, mountain of Bashan!
at the mount that God gdesired for his abode,
17 hThe chariots of God are twice ten thousand,
18 iYou ascended on high,
jleading a host of captives in your train
and kreceiving gifts among men,
24 Be not uenvious of evil men,
nor desire to be vwith them,
2 for their hearts wdevise violence,
and their lips xtalk of trouble.